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VENICE 2021

Venice announces its Competition, Orizzonti and Debut Film juries

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- Chloé Zhao, Saverio Costanzo and Virginie Efira, among others, will join Bong Joon-ho, while Jasmila Žbanić will chair the Orizzonti jury and Uberto Pasolini will preside over the Debut Film jury

Venice announces its Competition, Orizzonti and Debut Film juries
Directors Bong Joon-ho (© Dick Thomas Johnson), Jasmila Žbanić (© Imrana Kapetanovic) and Uberto Pasolini (© Andrea Avezzù)

The 78th Venice International Film Festival (1-11 September) has announced the international juries for the Venezia 78 Competition, the Orizzonti section and the “Luigi De Laurentiis” Venice Award for a Debut Film.

As already announced, the Competition jury president (read news) is writer-director Bong Joon-ho, author of milestones in Korean cinema such as Memories of Murder (2003), The Host (2006) and Mother (2009). He won definitive international consecration in 2019 for Parasite, winner of a long series of prestigious acknowledgments including the Palme d'Or at Cannes, a Golden Globe, a Critics Choice Award, two BAFTA and four Oscars.

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In order to join him at the jury, the festival selected Italian writer-director Saverio Costanzo, who presented in Venice La solitudine dei numeri primi [+see also:
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(2010) and Hungry Hearts [+see also:
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(2014); Belgian-French actress Virginie Efira, who turned heads at Cannes with his role in Paul Verhoeven’s most recent film, Benedetta [+see also:
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; British actress and singer-songwriter Cynthia Erivo, who starred as Aretha Franklin in the third season of the series Genius 2021; Canadian actress Sarah Gadon, who acquired international visibility in A Dangerous Method [+see also:
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by David Cronenberg, presented in competition in Venice in 2011; Alexander Nanau, one of the most significant directors in Romanian cinema, who premiered Collective [+see also:
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out of competition in Venice before being acclaimed by international critics and winning the European Film Award as Best Documentary, along with the LUX Audience Award; and US-Chinese writer-director Chloé Zhao, whose most recent film, Nomadland, premiered at the 2020 Venice Film Festival and was awarded the Golden Lion before earning the industry’s highest acclaim including Golden Globes , BAFTA, DGA, PGA Awards and three Oscars.

The members of the international Jury for the Orizzonti section are president Jasmila Žbanić (Bosnia and Herzegovina), director and screenwriter, who presented her 2020 film Quo Vadis, Aida? [+see also:
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in Competition in Venice, and was nominated for the Oscars and BAFTA for Best International Feature Film; Mona Fastvold (US/Norway), who presented The World to Come in competition in Venice 2020; Shahram Mokri (Iran), director, screenwriter and film critic, who premiered his third film Careless Crime in Orizzonti in 2020; Josh Siegel (USA), curator of the film department at the MoMA in New York; and Nadia Terranova (Italy), author of many novels and children’s books.

The members of the international Jury for the “Luigi De Laurentiis” Venice Award for a Debut Film – Lion of the Future are president Uberto Pasolini (Italy), director, screenwriter and producer, whose most recent film, Nowhere Special [+see also:
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, also premiered in Orizzonti in 2020; Martin Schweighofer (Austria), film critic, teacher and festival director, and member of the European Film Academy; and Amalia Ulman (Argentina/Spain), an artist and director whose debut feature El planeta [+see also:
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was premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival.

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(Translated from Italian)

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